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R i c k i
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R i c k i LOVE! This whole album will def be on repeat while in creative mode via Ps \o/ Favorite track: Nigredo.
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Jimi The gentle ogre finds the neglected newborn baby on the fringes of their swamp, and wholeheartedly takes care of them.
Favorite track: Albedo.
Robert C. Kozletsky
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Robert C. Kozletsky Another incredible journey by Peter Andersson with Raison d'être. More meditative and less abrasive than recent material, focusing on smooth dronescapes that fold and collapse on each other. The trademark chants make a fine return and how they're woven through the current raison d'être sound is genius. Alchymeia proves that Peter Andersson is still inspired and continues to guide us through the shadow of the soul.. Favorite track: Rubedo.
Dario Zeo
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Dario Zeo Truly monumental. Most mature raison d'etre album to date. Favorite track: Albedo.
  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a 6-panel Digisleeve.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Alchymeia via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Phobos, Objects, The Antikythera Mechanism, Aprés Nous Le Dèluge (Trinity Edition), Ironic Discomfort And Cheesy Manners, Anima Caelum, Total tarmtömning, Äckzistänzializmus, and 68 more. , and , .

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Nigredo 17:16
Albedo 17:51
Citrinitas 17:24
Rubedo 18:27


The digital album is high resolution 24-bit, 96 kHz stereo master (if downloaded as Flac / Wav / Aiff).

Press release:
It’s with great honour that we present the latest album by Swedish dark ambient stalwart raison d’être.
This time Peter Andersson scrutinizes the paths of Carl Gustav Jung's notions of archetypes and the individuation process. Just like Mise en Abyme, the previous raison d'être album from 2014, Alchymeia is diving deep down to the shadows of the unconsciousness, and back to a dawn of the true Self. Confronting the shadow within is the darkest time of despair. There seems no way forward, only down. All is blackening and decomposed. Suddenly, through an enantiodromia, the ever deepening descent into the unconscious transmogrifies and becomes gradually illuminated. The melancholia is being purified. Alchymeia is in a sense the “raison d'être” of raison d'être, a shadowy journey through our unconscious the individuation process and archetypes. This release also marks the first time a raison d'être album will be available on the vinyl format. Artwork by Nihil.

CD (first and second edition of 500 Copies each) in 6 panel Digisleeve. 4 Tracks. Running Time 71:06
Vinyl edition of 300 Copies in Gatefold Double LP. 4 Tracks. Running Time 71:06
Digital edition in 24bit - 96khz Exclusive to Bandcamp. 4 Tracks. Running Time 71:06

How to get the 2LP-version of the album:
I will sale the 2LP only to Swedish customers because I will only have a few copies available and I feel the postage rates are a bit too high to customers outside of Sweden.

For customers in Sweden, e-mail me via my Bandcamp contact form here: and I will put you on a list. Price is 24 euro plus postage (around 10 euro). This will include a digital album download too.

For customers outside of Sweden please order directly from the Cyclic Law label or any other mailorder that have or will have the 2LP in stock.


released January 31, 2018

Sounds, structures and K-14 level mastering by Peter Andersson 2017.
Artwork by Nihil.
CD and 2LP release by Cyclic Law, 101st Cycle.
Digital release by Yantra Atmospheres, YA-2018-90.


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Raison d'être, formed in 1991 by the sound artist Peter Andersson, has since then supplying listeners with overwhelming dark ambient industrial landscapes of beauty and sorrow, mainly on the now defunct Cold Meat Industry label. Peter Andersson also has a number of side projects including Atomine Elektrine, Bocksholm, Necrophorus, Stratvm Terror, Panzar and more. ... more

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